"I didn't play my first game until November last season but then I played eight of the last nine games. You get used to hearing all the rumours about players when you are at this club. I'll just see who my team-mates are when I go back on July 4.
"There's no point thinking I'm going to be up against this person or that person. I don't get caught up in that. Regardless of who we sign you never look at a team-mate as an adversary. You need competition. It's healthy. I know there will be at least four central midfielders here."